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leave the door open

To maintain or create the possibility of doing something or something happening in the future; to not prevent something from taking place at some point. We parted ways, but we left the door open for working together again sometime. The bill addresses several of our complaints, but as far as tax evasion by the largest corporations, it still leaves the door open.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

leave the door open (for something)

Fig. to provide for the possibility that something might happen. I think that the matter is completely settled, although we have left the door open for one or two last-minute changes.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

leave the door open

Allow for further action or discussion. For example, This will's terms leave the door open for fighting among the heirs. This metaphoric expression transfers the invitation implied by an open door to future events. Also see open the door to.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

leave the ˈdoor open (for/on something)

make sure that there is still the possibility of doing something: The management were intelligent enough to leave the door open for further negotiations with the union.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

leave the door open

To allow for the possibility of: Let's leave the door open for future stylistic changes.
See also: door, leave, open
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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You left the door open. He looked through the crevice thus produced, between the door and the post, before he ventured into the room himself.
I promised to do so, but left the door open and enjoyed the fun as much as they did, for a more glorious frolic I never witnessed.
The Frau Professor and Anna left the door open and listened.
They disappeared in perfect silence and left the door open. Presently a gleam of light came travelling up, from which Hamel knew that they had lit a lamp below.
Certain it is, at least, that he was seized on by a kind of panic fear, and that he ran into the house and left the door open behind him.
Three of them left the door open, and the other two pulled it so spitefully in going out that the little bell played the very deuce with Hepzibah's nerves.
And that has left the door open for Arnold to try to convince the Nottingham Forest front-man to apply to FIFA to change nationalities.
The FOMC is also carefully monitoring these events and is ready to cut rates 25 bps on July 31, and has left the door open for more this year if global economic conditions worsen.
However, striking a conciliatory tone, Teekay praised Alpha's team and left the door open for Petrojarl Varg to be deployed on Cheviot, albeit under revised terms.
KURT ZOUMA has left the door open to potentially staying at Everton beyond this season.
BY darren lewis MARCUS RASHFORD was England's goal hero - as Jamie Vardy left the door open for a Three Lions return.
I feel hugely proud of what I have achieved in terms of over 60 caps, I have captained my country on a few occasions which is a huge honour." Yet, Cahill too left the door open for a recall if needed by Southgate.
STEVE Bruce admits Sunderland have enquired about Ross McCormack but says he's 'left the door open' for the striker, despite omitting him from the pre-season tour of Germany last week.
Summary: London [U.K], July 15 (ANI): Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has left the door open for Zlatan Ibrahimovic's possible return to the club, saying that it is entirely up to the striker to decide his future at Old Trafford.
The state's Labor government, however, left the door open to allowing onshore conventional gas drilling after 2020.